Product videos are a lot of fun to shoot. As is product photography. Coming up with different unique ways to show off a product is an exciting challenge. Doing it on a low budget, even more so. In this video, filmmaker Todd Blankenship creates three product ads with minimal kit and shows the gear, sets and lighting setups used to make them.
The online world seems to have been buzzing about Instagram’s new IGTV since it was officially announced yesterday. The Internet is divided – or at least, my social media timelines are. A huge proportion are in the “WOO! YAY!” camp, although there are plenty of people moaning about vertical video syndrome.
If you’re of the latter opinion, sorry, can’t help. But if you’re one of those who wants to jump on the new vertical video service that lets you upload videos up to an hour in length, read on. In this video, filmmaker Jason Boone goes through the whole process in Premiere Pro of creating and uploading your vertical video content.
I’m a huge fan of very long and in-depth educational videos on YouTube. People keep going on about how “5-7 minutes is the ideal length!”. Well, no, not for me it isn’t. I love watching long videos. And this is a good one. Presented by retoucher Conny Wallstrom, this hour and a quarter long video teaches you everything you would ever need to know about how frequency separation works.
This will thankfully be a quick little technique on how to fix an issue that can be incredibly infuriating. This discolouration issue I’m referring to arrises when you’re using the dodge and burn retouching technique and the frustrating part is that it only presents itself once you’ve finished doing all the retouching.
Instagram is notorious for destroying the quality of videos posted to your feed. You spend all this time editing a video in Premiere Pro, Resolve or whatever only to have it destroyed by recompression algorithms. It actually puts many people off posting videos to the platform at all. But all is not lost.
Filmmaker and YouTuber Daniel Schiffer believes he’s cracked the problem. And looking at his Instagram, it seems that he may have done just that. He doesn’t look to be having quality issues at all. In this video, Daniel walks us through his process from the rendering on the desktop to pushing it out on Instagram.
Streets lit by neon lights are an interesting, but challenging environment for shooting portraits. You may struggle to focus your images and keep them sharp. In this video, Rachel and Daniel of Mango Street will give you some tips for nailing night portraits and getting the best out of your shots both in camera and later in post.
Picture this: you come home after a great day out photographing and you’re excited to look through all the beautiful images you’ve captured. However, after importing them you realize that they’re all garbage because they’re blurry.
I’m sure you’ve experienced that, as have the majority of us. Personally, I’ve had to throw away several promising images due to them not being sharp.
In a perfect world, you’d come home after every session with 100% of the images being tack sharp but unfortunately, that’s rarely the case. However, there are certain elements you should be aware of and take into consideration when in the field, that will reduce the likeliness of your images being blurry.
Listed in this article are the most common reasons why your images aren’t razor sharp.
Star trails are a common subject amongst astrophotographers. When they’re not trying to capture the milky way, they’re showing the path that our stars take in the night sky. The process for creating these isn’t dissimilar from shooting timelapse with digital. You take a lot of photos over a period of time and then stack them on top of each other in Photoshop.
But this technique from Nemanja Sekulic shows you a way to do this with just a single image. It’s not going to be a perfect recreation of how the stars move through the sky, but it will let you achieve a similar effect. Nemanja demonstrates how to (mostly) automate the process using Photoshop actions that you create yourself.
The position of light in relation with your subject can significantly affect the atmosphere of your shots. Depending on where you place the lighting, you can completely change the mood of the scene. In this video, Mark Wallace of Adorama teaches you the basics and gives you a quick preview of how the placement of light affects your portraits. If you’re new to portrait photography, you’ll find this especially useful.